No matter how old we get, there will always be a special place in the imagination for most of us for all things paranormal. Even the most skeptical, if coaxed into letting their guard down, can tell a story or two of some strange event they’ve experienced in the wee hours of the night or while alone in the deep dark woods or in an old abandoned house or building- an event that could not be explained.
What is it that keeps us interested in ghosts and ghouls and witches and banshees, even years after we’ve outgrown the concepts of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and pots of gold at the end of rainbows?
In recent times, such television shows as “Ghost Hunters” and movies like “Paranormal Activity” have caused a resurgence in public paranormal interest and mom and pop ghost hunting clubs have been cropping up across the globe. Small groups of friends, many middle aged and older, have been rekindling near childlike fascinations for ghosties and ghoolies and have taken to the graveyards, backwoods, creepy houses and other areas of alleged hauntings and doing their own investigations, attempting to answer that age old question; are ghosts real?
I recently interviewed L’Aura Hladik, Founder and Director New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society (NJGHS). L’Aura currently resides in Pennsylvania, but she is still running the NJGHS and coordinating teams as needed for investigations. Below is the text of our interview.
KL- How long have you been a paranormal enthusiast, and how long have you had your group, or ghost hunting club?
LH- I’ve been into the paranormal since I was a kid – “Twilight Zone” by Rod Serling and “In Search of” with Leonard Nimoy were my favorites. I lived in a haunted house for a short while in 8th grade and founded the NJGHS in 1998 after conducting private paranormal investigations since 1993. The NJGHS is the largest organization of its kind in New Jersey.
KL- What has been one of your most amazing paranormal experiences?
LH- Poltergeist activity of the kitchen chairs being repositioned at the table by unseen hands.
KL- Many people do not believe in the paranormal. What might you be able to say to them that could possibly sway their opinion?
LH- I invite them to join an investigation, as their skeptical mindset often makes them the best investigators. Plus, I get the sense that ghosts “know” who the doubters are and really go in for the kill on them to prove their point of existence. It’s like using the doubter as bait.
You can find the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society fan page on Facebook or visit their website at this link: http://www.njghs.net/
*Kevin E Lake is an Iraq War veteran and an author. His books, which include Amazon’s former #1 ghost novel in customer satisfaction, “From the Graves of Babes” are available on Amazon.